[Tagging] Relations type=boundary or type=multipolygon

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 16 22:43:08 GMT 2012

On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 3:33 AM, Dave F. <davefox at madasafish.com> wrote:
> OSM Inspector is listing type=boundary as an error
> http://tinyurl.com/c539jhk
> but the wiki implies it's legitimate.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Types_of_relation
> Which is correct?

Both are correct. It depends on the local community which one they
choose to use.

I personally prefer type=boundary relations since you can add other
member roles (like admin_centre) which are invalid in a
type=multipolygon relation. The people who prefer multipolygons (e.g.,
OSMI developers) would say that you should encode the geometry using a
multipolygon relation and then use a super-relation to represent the
administrative entity with additional roles but I think that just
makes it too complicated.

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